Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSC-1327- Section: 01
Audio Engineering I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Kenneth Turner
Phone(409) 984-6547
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 137 D
Hours:MW 9:00-12; TR 9-11
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Overview of the recording studio. Includes basic studio electronics and acoustic principles, waveform properties, microphone concepts and placement techniques, studio set up and signal flow, console theory, signal processing concepts, multi-track principles and operation, and an overview of mixing and editing.
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes 1. Identify acoustic and electronic concepts (PSLO 1)

2. Describe waveform properties (PSLO 1)

3. Explain microphone characteristics and placement (PSLO 1)

4. Describe studio set-up and signal routing (PSLO 1)

5. Explain console and recording operation techniques (PSLO 1)

6. Identify basic recording studio procedures (PSLO 1)

7. Demonstrates comprehension of content-reading area material and vocabulary (PSLO Alpha)
Core Objectives
Program Student Learning Outcomes Alpha. Reading Skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-reading area material.

1. Apply commercial music sound technology to their professional practice.

2. Apply commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.

3. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.

4. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
Textbooks Modern Recording Techniques, 9th ed., by David Miles Huber

External Firewire/USB 3.0/ Thunderbolt Hard Drive with Minimum 7,200 RPM and Oxford Chip Set (Preferably Avid Certified for use with Pro Tools.) Recommendation: Glyph, Lacie, or OWC Hard Drives

Pair of Stereo headphones (AKG K240MkII, Sennheiser HD 280 PRO, Sony MDR7506, Audio Technica ATH-M50x, or Beyerdynamic DT 660 (Earbuds can be substitued for use in labs).

Notebook/ Course Journal

USB Flash Drive (Minimum of 8 GB of Space - interim use)
Lecture Topics
This Week: Course Overview; Syllabus Review; Basics of Sound; Pro Tools Intro; Supersaas Setup

Week 2: Waveforms; Fundamentals of Sound / Transduction; Pro Tools (contd.); Quiz 1

Week 3: Fundamentals of Sound, Part 2 / The Recording Chain - Preamps; Quiz 2;
Gain Staging
Week 4: Fundamentals of Sound, Part 3 / TRC - Compression; More Signal Flow;
Quiz 3

Week 5: Fundamentals of Sound, Part 4 / TRC - Equalization; Decibels; 0 dB References; Quiz 4

Week 6: RC - Recording Studio; Patch Bays; Critical Listening 1; Quiz 5;

Week 7: RC - The Drum Kit; Stereo Microphone Techniques 1; Phase ; Quiz 6;
Project 1 Due "Pro Tools Session - One"

Week 8: Test Review; Impedance - The Highs and Lows; RC - Guitars

Week 9: Compression Revisited; Quiz 7

Week 10: Advanced Signal Flow - Outside the Box, Again; Quiz 8

Week 11: Critical Listening 2; All EC Due; Quiz 9

Week 12: Spatial Effects 1; Yet, More Compression; Quiz 10

Week 13: Putting it All Together - The Mix; Quiz 11

Week 14: Student TBA

Week 15: Student TBA; Quiz 12

Week 16: Project 2 Due "4 Track Recording"

FINAL EXAMINATION 12/6/18 -12/11/18 (TBA)

Lecture topics and due dates are subject to change.
Major Assignments
Week 2 Quiz 1

Week 3 Quiz 2

Week 4 Quiz 3

Week 5 Quiz 4

Week 6 Quiz 5

Week 7 Quiz 6

Week 8 Midterm Exam

Week 9 Quiz 7

Week 10 Quiz 8

Week 11 "Critical Listening" Quiz 9

Week 12 Quiz 10

Week 13 Quiz 11

Week 14 No Quiz this week

Week 15 Quiz 12

Week 16 Review

Final Exam, December 11th at 11am

Projects Due Weeks 9 and 16 (T)
Final Exam Date December 6, 2018 - 11:00 AM   Through  December 11, 2018 - 4:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Attendance 10%
Class Participation and Assignments 15%
Weekly Studio Time (Minimum 3 Hours) 15%
Quizzes (x9) 20 %
Tests (x3) 20%
Projects 20%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must schedule a time for a comsultation in my office, in person by appointment.
Attendance Policy You get one "free" absence before your late/absences start to count against your grade in the Attendance category. After that, each Tuesday and Thursday absence deducts 7.5% of your attendance grade. Showing up to class late three times equals one absence. Leaving class early without a written excuse will also count against your attendance grade in the late column.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.